Animal Rescue and Adoptions, Inc. | Atlanta, GA

Our Mission: To reduce the number of animals euthanized at local shelters.

Frequently Asked Questions (FAQ)

If I can’t keep my pet, how can I find a new home for it? [Top]

Unfortunately, we can’t rescue every dog in need, but we’d like to help!

Click here for information on safely rehoming your pet.

If you need to find a new home for your dog, please send an email to Jaime at She will send you a list of questions to answer about your dog and will post the information on You can also send an email to Allison at She can forward your dog’s information to her email distribution group.

Here are our recommendations to help you find a new and responsible home for your pet. 

1.Vetting:  Before you consider re-homing your pet, please make sure it’s in good health and is fully vetted. This includes being spay/neutered, up-to-date on shots, and heartworm/Felv tested. NEVER put an animal in a home that is not spay/neutered. This could be devastating to your pet if someone decides to breed him/her.  Please contact us at if you would like to have your pet fixed and we will provide you with low cost spay/neuter options. 

2.Profile:  Write a detailed profile on the dog’s personality. It’s best to write it in the first person (pretend to be the dog) and write anything negative in a positive way. For example, instead of “Not good with small children,” say “I’m looking for a home with older children who will play with me and not pull my tail, because that really hurts.” Add information concerning behaviors around other dogs, cats, and kids. The more information you provide, the more interest you will attract.  Send your profile, with a photo inserted, to all of your co-workers, friends, neighbors, etc. You can also hang it on bulletin boards at vets offices and local dog parks. Chances are you will find someone who is ready to adopt a new pet.  

3. Photos: Take cute photos of your pet in living situations, such as sitting on the couch with kids, in the car, or on a bed. Photos are the MOST important element in attracting potential adopters.  

4. Application: Contact us at for a generic application and require interested adopters to fill it out in its entirety. Require references and call them. Always call at least two non-family references  because you don't want your dog to get into the wrong hands.   Ask the references how they feel about the family owning a pet and why they feel that way. 

5. Adoption Fee: ALWAYS charge an adoption fee. We recommend $100.00. You can keep the fee to cover your vet bills, donate it to a rescue group, or ask the adopters to make a tax deductible donation to an animal rescue group. Never give an animal away for free. People have a way of not respecting things they get for free.

6. Network: There are many ways to get the word out to potential adopters. Besides sending an email to or posing on (send an email to to do so), post your dog’s profile on and the AJC newspaper (under “Adopt-A-Pet” in the classifieds). Search for Yahoo Groups under GA dog rescue – join groups and post there. REMINDER: Require an application and charge a fee because many undesirables are looking for free dogs and cats.

7. Exposure: Order an "Adopt Me" scarf ( and take the dog to the dog parks, ball fields, etc. Talk with rescue groups at your local Petsmart or Petco. Some will allow you to join them during adoption hours, especially if you offer a donation for their assistance. Hand out copies of the dog’s profile to people who may be interested.    

Why should I adopt from Mostly Mutts? [Top]

Mostly Mutts offers the following advantages:

·    Our dogs are fully vetted (based on age)

·    Our dogs have been personality tested

·    We offer adoption counseling

·    We are professional and highly respected

·    We follow up on all adoptions

Where do you get your dogs from? [Top]

95% of the dogs that Mostly Mutts accepts into their program are from local shelters.  The majority of these wonderful animals would not be here today if it were not for Mostly Mutts.  These dogs were basically “out of time”.  We also rescue special needs, geriatric, pediatric, and sick or injured dogs.  There are some wonderful animal control officers who recognize the beautiful personalities in these dogs and contact rescue groups like ours to pull them.  These dogs are very special.  Under extreme emergencies, we may take in an owner turn in or a stray (donation required).

Why do you not take in owner-turn-ins? [Top]

We certainly wish we could help every dog in need.  However, it is impossible as there are just too many.  We feel that it is the responsibility of the owner to find their dog a new home without involving rescue groups.  When we take an owned dog into our program, then we lose that cage space, therefore, a truly homeless pet gets put to sleep.

Why do you not take in strays? [Top]

It is totally illegal for us to take in a stray and assume it does not have an owner and adopt it out.  Legally, when someone finds a stray, it must be turned in to animal control.  This is the first place an owner looks for a lost dog.   Sometimes dogs are not in good shape when found, but you just never know the circumstances.  The dog may have been stolen, or the owner in an accident where the dog “took off”, or the owner was on vacation and the dog escaped and wouldn’t come back.  Again, we certainly would like to help every dog in need, but it’s impossible.  Mostly Mutts prides itself in focusing on animal control dogs.

Why do you ask so many questions on the application and check references? [Top]

We only know you by a piece of paper (application) and we only see your best side.  Everyone is happy when adopting a new pet.  Our number one goal is to make sure our dogs go into the best homes where they will be loved and cared for FOR THE REST OF THEIR LIVES.  Therefore, we must ask a lot of questions and check references to make sure you are going to meet our dog’s wants and needs.  If anyone objects to the interview process, then we simply do not approve their application.

How do you know so much about your dog’s personalities? [Top]

Once our dogs are pulled from a shelter, they are fully vetted and housed either at the Mostly Mutts shelter or in a foster home.  This is where we learn about their personalities.  Some foster homes have small children, some have cats, and most have other dogs.  We tell the potential adopters everything we know about each dog…even the not-so-good side of their personality.

How do you volunteer? [Top]

We are at the Petsmart on Barrett Parkway every Saturday from 11:00-6:00.  Volunteers can help with pet adoptions at any time and stay as long as they wish.  You must be 16 or over to volunteer at Petsmart.  If you are interested in volunteering but not wanting to be “hands on” with the dogs, you can help in many other ways….such as involving yourself in the “Stop ‘LITTER’ing, Spay/Neuter” Campaign.  Or, help produce a music CD we want to record.  Also, you can help by fostering, transporting or donating (see donation list on web site).  There are many ways to help and we appreciate it all. Email us at  

How do we know you are a legitimate organization? [Top]

We are very proud to have a spotless reputation in how we care for our animals and how the volunteers work together at pet adoptions.  We are honest, hard working and genuinely concerned about our animals.  We are like a family and when we get together for events, you can feel the closeness.  If you would like references, we can supply you with an endless amount…and are happy to do so.  You are welcome to call the veterinary offices we use or the animal control officers we deal with on a daily basis.  We are also a registered 501(C)(3) and are licensed by the Georgia Department of Agriculture.  We are very proud of our organization and it won’t take long for you to see why.